When do we get old? At what age do we get categorized as old? My pastor John Ortberg asked the congregation last week, “Who thinks they are old? Please raise your hands.” Some people raised their hands. Then he asked “Who thinks they are young?” More people raised their hands. What do we do if we are neither? Is there a category for this? Or at least I don’t feel “old” yet.
It didn’t help that latter that Sunday I went to get my nails done and a shy 6 year old girl was walking around the shop while her mother was getting her toes done. She wanted to show me a photo of her “way older,” who is 16. I asked her if she thought I was old. She froze at the question at first, and then studied my face. She looked at my eyes and pointed to where there are lines on the outer edges. She started to nod slowly. Then she smiled and said it was okay. I didn’t have very many lines. I thought, “Wrinkle creams are worth every penny.”
The Bible has a few things to say about growing older. Consider Psalm 92: 12-15.
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
I really like the verbs in here.
I’m starting to declare this out loud, “I will flourish in my old age. I will bear fruit in my old age. I will be fresh and green. My youth will be continually renewed like the eagles.” Amen.